Lifeguard Instructor

  • Water Safety Instructor


To train instructor candidates to teach Lifeguard Training (including First Aid), CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Management, AED Essentials, Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer, Preventing Disease Transmission, Community Water Safety and Basic Water Rescue. The training prepares instructor candidates by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials and methods, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress.


Be at least 17 years of age by the last scheduled session of the instructor course. Possess a Fundamentals of Instructor Training certificate issued in the last 12 months or have a current Health and Safety Services Instructor Authorization (F5736 or C3005). Pass each section of the pre-course written exam with a score of 80 percent. Demonstrate competency in the skills evaluation.


These courses are offered by separate organizations and are listed here as a service provided by the American Red Cross. To enroll in a Lifeguard Instructor course, please contact the organization or individual offering the course with the information provided below. Courses will often require students to purchase materials in advance, as listed in the "Special Information" column.